Learning Labs are series of intensive workshops for youth, K-12, lead by PlatteForum resident artists.
Patricia Tinajero + Denver Arts and Technology Academy
and Scrap-Escape September
27 – November 24 Patricia
Tinajero worked with an enthusiastic group of
5th grade students from Denver Arts and Technology
Academy (DPS Charter School). The focus of this workshop
series was utilizing recycled and found objects and
materials to create new art works. Students created
their own “canvases” for painting self-portraits
by weaving newspaper and binding the edges with duct
tape for a rhythmic surface. The youth also created
conceptual artworks from “mystery bags”
containing a wide variety of materials such as wire,
foam, washers, popsicle sticks, toothpicks, aluminum
foil, straws, carpet padding, discarded CD discs and
origami papers. Patricia built a loom and the students
all wove strands of VHS tape to create a blanket.
All students learned that “new lives”
can be given to materials and objects by creating
artworks that keep such items from ending up in landfills.